Friday, July 31, 2009
The Love is another sewing machine that I've never actually seen. I think they were later bought up by some other company.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
It needs cleaning. I pulled all that lint out of the feed dogs and there is more. The wires feel strangely rubbery, so another rewiring. The woman I bought it from handed me a box full of attachments and one with a hemstitcher. I have gone from one basic foot and a ruffler six weeks ago to multiples of feet (and five rufflers).
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The shirt is neat though. Look at this next photo. The satin stitich is excellent. The French knots perfect. The outline stitch exact. She certainly could embroider that mom of mine.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The slots in the multi-slotted binder are for premade binding from 1/4" to 1/2". I tried this pink one out. Just put the binding through the appropriate slot and guide pins and sew. One little thing though--you can see to the left that the stitches just missed the edge of the binding. No problem! The multi-slotted binder can handle that. Look at the photo of the yellow daisy binding previously and you can see the oval slot around the needle hole. Pull the binder either way to adjust to the size binding you're using.
Voila! Binding. This was so easy. I'm impressed with this attachment. Except, I admit, I haven't mastered a corner perfectly yet. The directions tell me how; I just haven't done it. If you have one or find one--try it. I had never really done much binding (except on quilts) and I'm encouraged to try more. I thought I had photographed the yellow daisy one finished but I hadn't, but I promise it looks good. I think this would be nice on some baby clothes such as these two patterns:
They each have little diaper shirts and covers with binding on them. I think I'll find some gingham binding.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The stem is outline or stem stitch, leaves are lazy daisies, and flowers are French knots.
Of course this isn't a practical baby outfit. I imagine my great-grandmother popped it on the baby right before company came over and immediately pulled it off when they left.
It's very simple to make. Simplicity has rereleased a similar pattern in their retro collection numbered Simplicity 2900.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The top photo buttonholer has Singer 121795 complete printed on it. I have the feed cover plate and screws that go with it. It needs a cleaning with some #0000 steel wool though. The buttonhole size is created by adjusting the winged screws on the side. One is for space and the other for bight (width of stitch).
The next photo is Singer 160506 low shank. It was in the green plastic box and has five templates with it.
The next buttonholer, as you can see, is a Greist one. It included the feed cover and five templates. I'm a bit confused about Greist attachments. Apparently he made attachments for Singer and then made his own company to make them (?) If you know, let me know.
No, I haven't tried any of them yet. I've been too busy playing with the slotted binder--which I'll post later. The manuals do say I can make buttonholes "without any special skill on the part of the operator." So I am encouraged--I have no buttonholing skill. Still, I feel they are being a little optimistic.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I opened the black (navy?) one first--Sewing machine attachments! My husband put the gold one on a table, opened it, and said, "Look."
The weird thing is...mom didn't have a 15-91. She had a Singer 404 slant shank from the 50's, a Singer 201 from an estate sale that she never plugged in, and a few other machines that weren't Singers. But remember what I bought about four weeks ago? Two Singer 15-91s. One from the Goodwill and one from a craig's list ad. It's almost as if she knew I would need that manual and the attachments. Is that not really weird?
In fact, all of the attachments are low shank. The black box, I found out, is a Featherweight attachment case. Together they contained: the 15-91 manual, a 201 manual, two buttonholers (one in a case with instructions and templates, the other one is old), a zizzag attachment (complete) with instructions, hemstitcher (complete with instructions), two pinking attachments with instructions, two tucker feet, ruffler, two binders, two adjustable hemmers, foot hemmer, seam guide, right toe cording foot, quilter, edger, and lots of screws that I have to figure out what they go with. It's like Christmas.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Although I've always liked sheath dresses and have had this pattern for years, I've never made it. The cummerbund belt is rather neat. Maybe one day I'll get around to it.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Can you imagine if your family didn't have a sewing machine and your mother was a very bad seamstress?
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
It cost $24.99 including the cabinet. I bought a new spool pin, rubber bobbin winder ring, and felt pads for the spool to sit on. Also Sew-Classic recommends buying the marked throat plate as in the next photo. The machine had the plain unmarked one. Good advice. I even sewed those two squares together. Now I have to decide what to sew on it.
Also, I did note that even though I had cleaned up the machine I forgot the presser foot--I'll tend to that immediately.
I can see why people like fixing old sewing machines. It's been so much fun, I'm going to keep my eye out for some more when I go thrift shopping.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
This machine came out of the Elizabethport factory in New Jersey on March 3, 1949. Now I'm going to see if it still sews. I'm a bit nervous--I don't expect this to go perfectly. The timing could be off. I'm sure the tension is. But it's time to try it out.
I put the spool on a wooden skewer which I stick in the spool holder hole--not hard--I want to remove it when I'm done. I have a spool pin on order; it should be here tomorrow. I put the pressure foot back on and a needle. The flat side of the needle goes to the left on this machine, not to the back. Thread it. Put the bobbin in its case and thread it. Pull the knee lever down. Move the balance wheel and pull up the bobbin thread. Take a breath and go. The machine sounds nice--it hums. Stitches form--very small ones. I stop and push the stitch length lever down. Go again. More stitches. And stop. I cut the thread, remove the fabric and turn it over. If you sew, and I assume you do if you're reading this, you know what I'm looking for. Big loops and thread nests. There are none. Its almost perfect. The upper tension needs a tiny adjustment. I never expected this on the first try. What a sewing machine! I hope I run this well at sixty.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Remember the machine ran and then slowed down? I took the balance wheel off and looked inside. I was very technical and put an old sock over a screwdriver end and stuck it in the gear area--it came away with a thick gooey brown glob of grease. No wonder it slowed down. Gear cleaning tomorrow.
People have different opinions on what to clean sewing machines with. Many use kerosene and/or metal polish. I read one site that said sewing machine oil was safe to clean the easier jobs with--it works for me. I would stay away from WD-40, but that's my opinion. Also be careful of household cleaners. 409 apparently cleans some of the metal, but I'm not going to use it. Check out the sites on my previous post--those people know more about it than me.
Here's a download for sewing machine maintenance. It's for handcrank machines so it's a little different in some areas, but the basics are the same.